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David Pinnegar

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Mougins organ festival on French Riviera - near Cannes and Antibes
« on: September 30, 2010, 04:39:52 AM »
Hi!

Some friends going to Antibes write:
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The Mougins Organ Festival runs each Sunday from the last weekend in September until end October. We plan to visit on Sunday 10th and stay over at the village.

Programme is Ben Joseph Steens from basilique St Remi de Reims includes Buxtehude,
Pachebel and Bach.

http://www.cote.azur.fr/actualites/info_festivals_musique_10835.htm gives more information for this year http://www.mougins.fr/fr/Accueil-Culture-Patrimoine/13eme-festival-dorgue.html

Mougins organ is interesting - it's built by the organ builder Yves Cabourdin at Carces (a delightful place http://www.info-france.co.uk/provence/carces.villa.rental.php )  who restored St Maximin
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSf7-4t_SWc and so would clearly know how to build an interesting organ. http://orgue06.free.fr/orgMougin.html gives details about the organ

Another organ worth hearing is Villefranche Sur Mer, built by Grinda, pupil of Isnard at St Maximin, http://orgue06.free.fr/orgVillefranc.html and it's a pleasant place to stay - http://www.info-france.co.uk/riviera/villefranche/waterside.rental.apartments/ where the reality actually matches up with the photos . . . The organist at Villefranche is Claudine Grisi, a true lady and wonderful enthusiast for her instrument. A recording is available from the Tourist Office and is well worth buying.

North of Nice, a 20 minute drive beyond the town http://www.info-riviera.co.uk/rentals/nice.php is L'Escarene, http://orgue06.free.fr/orgEscar.html built by Grinda the next year. Concerts there are worth going to.

Best wishes

David P
David Pinnegar, BSc ARCS

 


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